One Dead in Extra-Alarm Fire in High-Rise Apartment on South Lake Park Ave Chicago

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Chicago Fire Department South Lake Park Avenue high-rise fire (SOURCE: CFDmedia)
Chicago Fire Department South Lake Park Avenue high-rise fire (SOURCE: CFDmedia).

Police, firefighters and paramedics from Chicago responded about 10:06 a.m. Wednesday, January 25, 2023 to a report of a high-rise apartment building fire at 4850 South Lake Park Chicago — Harper Square Co-Operative.

One person was found dead in the apartment on the 15th floor where firefighters believe the fire started, according to Ald. Sophia King. At least six other people were injured (Code Yellow and Code Green for two initially). One of the injured is listed in serious condition. A lot of seniors live in the building, but the apartment building is not a senior-only building. Firefighters report two people sustained injuries and are getting medical treatment from the EMS Plan 1 response. Two additional ambulances were requested to the scene above the EMS Plan 1 response.

A fire has spread to multiple floors of a high rise apartment building in the 4800 block of South Lake Park Avenue in Chicago (WGN News).
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Fire command warned of debris falling from the upper floors.

Still and Box and EMS Plan 1 about 10:11 a.m.

2-11 Alarm on orders of 2-2-1 about 10:23 a.m.

3-11 Alarm on orders of 2-1-10 at 10:45 a.m.

4-11 Alarm on orders of 2-1-10 at 11:17 a.m.

EMS Plan 2 at 10:47 a.m.

All ambulance crews on scene were assigned to respond to the lobby with equipment.

Residents were being rescued from apartments above the initial fire floors, which may be the 15th floor and 16th floor. Residents were being rescued from floors 17 through 25.

Fire out on the 15th floor, and the fire reported under control by 10:40 a.m. according to Chicago Fire Media on Twitter, but a fire was later reported on the 22nd floor. Also, video at the scene showed fire damage or flames from the 15th floor to the 24th floor. Heavy flames were visible from the outside of floors 21 through 24.

The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.


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Chicago Fire Department South Lake Park Avenue high-rise fire (SOURCE: CFDmedia)
Chicago Fire Department South Lake Park Avenue high-rise fire (SOURCE: CFDmedia).

Harper Square Cooperative was built in 1970 and has 25 stories with 360 units. Harper Square Cooperative has both 1 bedroom apartments for rent and 2 bedroom apartments for rent. The building has an intercom entry system, laundry, 24-hour security and exercise facilities with heat and hot water included.

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